You’ve been out all day and your smartphone is dying. What to do? Most of us look for the nearest wall outlet and plug in. But soon, there might be a better way to stay connected, thanks to Memphis couple Ben and Irene Rodda.
These environmentally-conscious parents have created Granola Strolla, a solar powered 3D charger. Their device absorbs power from sunlight and stores the energy in an environmentally friendly battery. It's also compatible with most USB devices.
“When I would take my first son to the park, he would be sleeping and I would be on the phone checking the news, talking to my friends, and my phone would die,” says co-creator Irene Rodda. “I didn't want to be inside charging my phone on a beautiful day. I'm too busy to stay in one place waiting for a charge”
The Roddas are part of a new generation of parents who want to be eco-savvy and eco-friendly without giving up the convenience electronic devices provide. Ben, an electronics engineer, has brought more than 40 products to commercial release for international corporations. Irene has more than 10 years’ experience in customer service, technical support, and advertising. She also runs her own sewing company.
Their Granola Strolla charger is lightweight, water resistant, and completely non-toxic. The case is made from recyclable plastic and the battery is free of hazardous chemicals like cobalt and BPA.
The couple is currently seeking funding for the Granola Strolla Portable Solar USB charger via Kickstarter to make minor changes to the 3D design so it is easier to manufacture. The campaign ends on Sunday, October 12, 2014.
To learn more, go to granolastrolla.com